I used to write a column in which I used this tagline, "Now, maybe I'm just being Southern, but..." as a recurring device. The editor came up with the idea because I was always saying it as a means of introducing a rant about some breach of decorum or an awkward social situation. Issues related to manners were a frequent theme. Man, I miss that assignment, and the super-fun folks I worked with there. *Sigh*
Being Southern, and being schooled by my grandmother, Memory Lee Aldridge Lester, in my own private finishing school, manners do matter to me. So it was a kick to write this quiz for Match.com a while back: How are your dating manners?. It's fun to take even if you're not dating.
Read more from me on manners here: Manners matter.